HR; Coverage; and Mediation – All are essential elements in a workers’ compensation claim. However, if you don’t have the proper procedures in place, all three could cost you money and potentially force your company out of business. Join Collins & Lacy as we partner with the Greenville Chamber to provide “tricks of the trade” that are crucial for keeping your company out of court.
This breakfast session will be held at Crowne Plaza in Greenville on September 4, 2013. Click here to register.
The seminar will include:
- New Mediation Regulation: Regulations now in effect make it mandatory to mediate almost all workers’ compensation claims before a hearing will be scheduled. The regulations apply to both current and future claims. Learn the important details and caveats throughout the mediation regulation that apply to all South Carolina businesses. Employment law issues may also arise out of the new mediation regulations. For example, voluntary resignation and requests to return to work often come up during negotiations. Learn what information is needed and why your attendance at and participation in mediation will help resolve claims and reduce costs.
- Proper Coverage: From small businesses to large companies – proper coverage is a constant issue in workers’ compensation. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission has been investigating and fining businesses that do not have the right type of coverage. Small business owners will learn just how much is needed to comply. Risk managers and HR professionals will learn about coverage issues that relate to subcontractors and other contracted professionals within a larger company.
- Employment Issues that arise in Worker’ Compensation: It is often difficult to determine where the FMLA begins and the ADA ends. Throw workers’ compensation law into the mix, and an employer may get a little fuzzy on what rules apply. An understanding of how these three laws work together can help HR professionals and in-house counsel better manage employee leave and save their organizations money. Learn what impact the FMLA has on workers’ compensation absences, how the ADA is related to workers’ compensation law, and what benefits can be achieved by understanding how these laws work together and independently.
About the Speakers:
Mike Pitts is managing partner of Collins & Lacy. He practices in employment law, an area in which he has spent most of his career helping businesses with labor and employment matters and complex commercial cases. Mike is experienced in litigation and arbitration, as well as counseling management on ways to avoid disputes. Mike also practices in commercial litigation, professional liability and municipal law. He currently serves as the Anderson County Attorney.
Rebecca Kirkland Halberg is a shareholder practicing in workers’ compensation. She regularly appears before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and has represented hundreds of businesses in workers’ compensation claims. As President of Kids’ Chance South Carolina, Rebecca continually gives back to families of workers who were injured or killed on the job.
Tom Baconis a shareholder with Collins & Lacy practicing in workers’ compensation. During his seven years of practicing solely in this area of law, Tom has represented large and small businesses, insurance companies and uninsured employers, and he has successfully argued cases to the Full Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Court and Supreme Court. Tom serves as a member of The Boeing Company’s workers’ compensation legal team.